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Young Champions of the Earth

Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists.

You want to change the world. We’re here to help. A partnership between CoalitionWILD, UN Environment, Covestro, and The Do School, Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact. 

In 2018, seven young people – selected from every global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help them bring their big environmental ideas to life.

Whose big idea will change the world? Following an open call for applications, UN experts will short-list 35 Regional Finalists who will be subjected to an online public vote, informing the selection of 14 World Finalists. A Global Jury will then select the seven 2018 winners.  

Each winner will be expected to implement their big idea and keep us updated on their progress by producing videos and blogs that we will share on our website.

In parallel, up to 50 of the most promising applicants will be granted privileged access to an expert community of Covestro mentors offering insights on topics ranging from communications and business development to project planning and financial management. 

Young Champions of the Earth receive:

US$15,000 in seed funding

Global publicity and recognition

Attendance at high-level UN meetings


Access to Covestro experts offering insights and mentoring

Award presented at Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony


Entrepreneurial training program provided by The DO School

Meet the 2017 Young Champions of the Earth

Kaya Dorey, Canada
Novel Supply Co.
Mariama Mamane, Niger
Omer Badokhon, Yemen
Biogas From Waste
Eritai Kateibwi, Kiribati
Te Maeu Project
Liliana Jaramillo, Ecuador
Adam Dixon, United Kingdom

“Because of CoalitionWILD and the Young Champions of the Earth, my project, Nativus, has gained credibility locally where industry and policymakers are starting to acknowledge the importance of generating green spaces in the city.”

Liliana Jaramillo
2017 Young Champion of the Earth
Founder, Nativus

“It also has helped me to share my idea internationally and get in contact with more people and projects – joining forces to keep learning and shaping this work. This has been an amazing opportunity that keeps opening doors to create a positive impact in the world.”


The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

UN Environment’s work includes assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends; developing international and national environmental instruments; and strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.

UN Environment’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium polymers, Covestro has a key position in the value chain of many industries, including auto manufacturing, construction, electronics, and wood processing. Covestro likes to use this position to push sustainability and innovation further together with our workforce of 16,000 employees, customers, partners and young talents around the world.

The “People, Planet, Prosperity” principle is one of the pillars of Covestro’s approach to sustainable development. The company strives to mitigate the negative impact of its actions on the environment, advance society and at the same time create value. This is the basis of the company’s vision “To make the world a brighter place” and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The DO School inspires you to get things DOne. To seize new opportunities, to solve important problems. Our society and business models are changing fast. We equip you to shape what comes next. At the DO School, you become a DOer. DOers clarify new ideas, and bring them to life quickly as new products, processes and services. DOers inspire seismic cultural shifts that transform people, organisations and society. DOers are purposeful: they create not just better business but a better world – for everyone. The DO School is supporting Young Champions of the Earth initiative by facilitating the mentoring programme.

Young leaders are using their voices and passion to enact change for a better planet.

Join us and connect with them.

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